Emergency Vehicles - New Road Rule Applies

New road rule coming in September to protect roadside emergency workers and motorists

A campaign is underway across the State as Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services and the emergency service agencies prepare NSW motorists for the introduction of a new road rule aimed at protecting first responders and motorists at the roadside.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about the new road rule that will require motorists across NSW to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying blue or red flashing lights.

The rule begins on 1 September 2018 and will be trialled for 12 months. It is designed to keep everyone safe during a roadside incident, providing protection for police, firefighters, ambulance officers, State Emergency Service and rescue volunteers who perform often difficult and dangerous tasks to help others.

Key points about the rule:

  • It will apply to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip. 
  • It will require motorists to give way to any person on foot in the immediate area of the emergency vehicle. 
  • Drivers should not increase their speed until they are a safe distance past the emergency vehicle. 
  • Motorists who fail to comply with the rule will face a $448 fine and three demerit points.

Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations and other stakeholders.

More information, including a link to the campaign video and FAQs, is available on the Centre for Road Safety website.